Five things to note from Week 1
Five things to know about Week 1 in Major League Soccer:
What we have here is
Well, the young Mexican striker is off to a lousy start. He was on the bench to open the season Saturday in Dallas. Team officials said he was healthy and ready to be called upon.
Not only did Kinnear prefer
So, what to say about Kinnear on this one? On the one hand, this looks for all the world like a colossal miscalculation, paying a wad of cash in a guaranteed contract for this. (Landin has only this year remaining on the books.) There's time for redemption yet, but this sure has "
On the other hand, you have to respect that Kinnear won't yield to the temptation to start Landin simply because he is a highly paid DP. It's the right thing to do for your team, but it takes guts.
Oh, Landin had one good chance Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Dallas. A header, from in close. He blew it.
Further, as one loyal reader told me, Nowak must have been thoroughly briefed on the full Philly sports culture, because he hit nailed all the elements in just one game! "The referees are out to get us, never mind our dirty play!" And, it's never anyone from Philly's fault, unless it's
After Thursday's kick-fest at Qwest, in postgame comments the Union manager went off on Seattle's skillful attackers. But Nowak can't have it both ways. You don't get to kick first and ask questions later, then accuse the other team of diving and whining.
What he said: "From the other standpoint we got to see all this flopping and diving and when you see the stats we have eight fouls and six cards that is too much. There is guys rolling around the pitch like they got shot.
"I don't know why. I expect
Well, it's a good thing I'm here to set the record straight.
First, which caution, exactly, got Nowak's shorts in such a twist? Surely it wasn't fullback
Presumably, Nowak addressed the lack of discipline behind closed doors. He didn't call out his young, mistake-prone players in public. I have no problem with that. But you don't, then, call out the other team for diving, flopping, whining and complaining. In fact, referee
Yes, it's a man's game, Peter. So teach your players to step up and take responsibility like a man. Cop to the silly fouls, and the handsome price of unnecessary cards. That's how they'll learn -- not by fostering a victimization complex.
San Jose had a good preseason. And yet
Preseason around here means friendlies against colleges and second-tier sides., some of whom manage to occasionally cross midfield! (Oh, except for matches abroad. There may be some good competition there for MLS sides. But who really knows? Those contests are just a rumor anyway. For all we know, teams are holed up at the Best Western just outside of town watching Season 3 of Mad Men when they are allegedly away at these exotic, foreign locations.)
Disclaimer: I did write last week in a season preview that I elevated Red Bull NY after seeing the preseason win over Santos. It wasn't the result per se, but the way Hans Backe's team looked, so well organized. So I thought that was excusable. Still, feel free to print it out, roll it up and beat me about the head with it just the same.
Let's assume for a second that
Two candidates for left back would then be Chivas USA's
Oh, and while we're at it, unscrambling the positional musical chairs, we may as well note that Colorado's